Genealogy II; Gordon Walters; 1967; 71/14


Te Manawa


Genealogy II

About this object

In the 1950’s Gordon Walters started to experiment with the customary Māori koru (as can be seen here) which he became most well known for. Here the motif is repeated in a stylised manner creating a flat and pristine surface, playing with positive and negative elements. From a customary perspective,the koru has deep meaning in Māori culture, used to express ideas of new life and whakapapa (genealogy) in whakairo (carving) and places like wharenui (meeting houses). Walters was however more interested in this design purely from an aesthetic perspective, investigating aspects such as balance, shape and colour.


Gordon Walters

Date Made


Medium and Materials

Acrylic on canvas

Place Made

New Zealand


H 1524 W 1140mm

Subject and Association Description

Gordon Walters was born in Wellington and graduated from the Wellington Technical College in 1939. Spent time studying surrealism and abstraction, and was influenced by the artist Theo Schoon who made work abstracted from tā kōhatu (Māori rock drawings).

Named Collection

Collection of Te Manawa Museums Trust

Credit Line

Centenary Collection. Purchased in 1971 with funding from Awapuni Jaycee Inc Bequest and the Queen ELizabeth II Arts Council.

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